## How to find all combinations that equal a given sum in Excel?

For example, I have the following list of numbers, and now, I want to know which combination of numbers in the list sum up to 480, in the following screenshot shown, you can see there are five groups of possible combinations that add up equal to 480, such as 300+60+120, 300+60+40+80, etc. This article, I will talk about some methods to find which cells sum up to a specific value in Excel.

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** Find cells combination that equal a given sum with formulas**

First, you need to create some range names, and then apply an array formula to find the cells that sum to the target value, please do with the following step by step:

**1**. Select the number list and define this list a range name-- **Range1** into the **Name Box**, and press **Enter** key to finish the range name defined, see screenshot:

**2**. After defining a range name for the number list, then you need to create two further range names in the **Name Manager** box, please click **Formulas** > **Name Manager**, in the **Name Manager** dialog box, click **New** button, see screenshots:

**3**. In the popped out **New Name** dialog, enter a name** List1** into the **Name** field, and type this formula **=ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&ROWS(Range1)))** (**Range1** is the range name you have created in step1) into the **Refers to** field, see screenshot:

**4**. Click **OK** to return to the **Name Manager** dialog, then continue to click **New** button to create another range name, in the **New Name** dialog, enter a name **List2** into the **Name** field, and type this formula **=ROW(INDIRECT("1:"&2^ROWS(Range1)))** (**Range1** is the range name you have created in step1) into the **Refers to** field, see screenshot:

**5**. After creating the range names, please apply the following array formula into cell B1:

**=IF(ISNUMBER(MATCH(ROWS($1:1),IF(INDEX(MOD(INT((List2-1)/2^(TRANSPOSE(List1)-1)),2),MATCH(TRUE,MMULT(MOD(INT((List2-1)/2^(TRANSPOSE(List1)-1)),2),Range1)=$C$2,0),),TRANSPOSE(List1)),0)),"X","")**, and press **Shift + Ctrl + Enter** keys together, then drag the fill handle down to cell B8, the last number of the list, and you can see the numbers which total amount is 480 are marked as X in column B, see screenshot:

**Notes:**- In the above long formula:
,**List1**and**List2**are the range names you have created in former steps,**Range1**is the specific value that you want numbers added up to.**C2** - If more than one combination of values has a sum equal to the specific value, only one combination is listed.

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** Find cells combination that equal a given sum with Solver Add-in**

If you are confused with above method, Excel contains a **Solver Add-in** feature, by using this add-in, you can also identify the numbers which total amount equals a given value.

**1.** First, you need to activate this **Solver** **add-in**, please go to **File** >** Options**, in the **Excel Options** dialog box, click **Add-Ins** from the left pane, and then click** Solver Add-in** from the **Inactive Application Add-ins** section, see screenshot:

**2**. Then click **Go** button to enter the **Add-Ins** dialog, check **Solver Add-in** option, and click **OK** to install this add-in successfully.

**3**. After activating the Solver add-in, then you need to enter this formula into the cell B9: **=SUMPRODUCT(B2:B9,A2:A9)**, (**B2:B9** is a blank column cells beside your number list, and **A2:A9** is the number list that you use. ), and press **Enter** key, see screenshot:

**4.** Then click** Data** > **Solver** to go to the **Solver Parameter** dialog box, in the dialog, please do the following operations:

(1.) Click button to select the cell **B10** where your formula in from the **Set Objective** section;

(2.) Then in the **To** section, select **Value Of**, and enter your target value** 480** as you need;

(3.) Under the **By Changing Variable Cells** section, please click button to select cell range **B2:B9** where will mark your corresponding numbers.

**5.** And then click **Add** button to go to the **Add Constraint** dialog box, click button to select cell range **B2:B9**, and select **bin** from the drop down list, see screenshot:

**6**. Click **OK** to go back the **Solver Parameter** dialog, then click **Solve** button, some minutes later, a **Solver Results** dialog box is popped out, and you can see the combination of cells which equal a given sum 480 are marked as 1. In the **Solver Results** dialog, please select **Keep Solver Solution** option, and click **OK** to exit the dialog. See screenshot:

**Note**: This method is also only can get one combination cells if there are more than one combination of values has a sum equal to the specific value.

** Find cells combination that equal a given sum with User Defined Function**

The first two methods are all complex for most of our Excel users, here, I can create a VBA code to solve this job quickly and easily.

To get the correct result, you must sort the number list in descending order first. And then do with the following steps:

**1**. Hold down the **ALT + F11** keys to open the **Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications** window.

**2**. Click **Insert** > **Module**, and paste the following code in the **Module** Window.

**VBA code: Find cells combination that equal a given sum:**

Function GetCombination(CoinsRange As Range, SumCellId As Double) As String 'updateby Extendoffice Dim xStr As String Dim xSum As Double Dim xCell As Range xSum = SumCellId For Each xCell In CoinsRange If Not (xSum / xCell < 1) Then xStr = xStr & Int(xSum / xCell) & " of " & xCell & " " xSum = xSum - (Int(xSum / xCell)) * xCell End If Next GetCombination = xStr End Function

**3**. Then save and close this code window, and then go back to the worksheet, and enter this formula **=getcombination(A2:A9,C2)** into a blank cell, and press** Enter** key, you will get the following result which displays the combination numbers that equal a given sum, see screenshot:

**Notes:**- In the above formula,
is the number range, and**A2:A9**contains the target value you want to equal to.**C2** - If more than one combination of values has a sum equal to the specific value, only one combination is listed.

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After installing **Kutools for Excel**, please do as this:

**1**. Click **Kutools** > **Content** > **Make Up A Number**, see screenshot:

**2**. Then, in the **Make up a number** dialog box, please click button to select the number list that you want to use from the **Data Source**, and then enter the total number into the **Sum** textbox, see screenshot:

**3**. And then, click **OK** button, a prompt box will pop out to remind you to select a cell to locate the result, see screenshot:

4. Then, click **OK**, and now, all combinations that equal to that given number have been displayed as below screenshot shown:

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